Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC) works with more than 700 volunteers to help over 7,500 clients live at home with independence and dignity through practical, non-medical supports including Meals on Wheels, free gentle exercise and transportation to medical appointments and the grocery store.
CSC recognizes the value of evidence-based exercise to help our clients maintain or increase their physical health and mobility. We know that just 50 hours of standing exercise each year can prevent one fall! In 2016-17, CSC provided 89,340 units of gentle exercise and 8,495 units of falls prevention.
We also recognize the important impact and potential consequences of falls on the health of our clients and the health care system. Falls are a serious issue with an estimated 1 in 3 older adults experiencing a fall each year at a cost of $1 billion to the provincial economy. The good news is that falls are predictable are preventable, and CSC is making a difference by helping keep people healthy, out of hospital beds and living in their own homes.
Our participants tell us that CSC’s exercise programs are life changing: “I am now able to get around without falling. I used to fall all the time, having my husband to get me up. My blood was always out of whack and with good nutritious meals, it has gone back to normal. I am much healthier now.” – Exercise Participant
In just 15 minutes, a Fab-Fit volunteer who works one-on-one with our clients can help protect them against declines in cognitive functions, memory loss and dementia.
One WALC (Wellness Active Living Club) group exercise class a week can help up to 40 people improve their functional fitness, enabling them to live at home with independence and dignity.
Your donation can help older adults participate in regular aerobic exercise, as they can see a 20% improvement in their cardiorespiratory ability. This will improve their ability to walk to the grocery store, vacuum, and move up and down the stairs at home.
This program is partially funded by the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network, but we rely on community support to ensure CSC’s exercise programs are able to keep up with growing demand from an aging population.
Monthly Giving: Your monthly giving investment will ensure the sustainability of our exercise programs, ensuring local seniors and adults with disabilities have access to free, gentle exercise in their neighbourhood.
One Time Donation: Your one time donation can help CSC establish a new site for even more clients to be served. Donations can be made online, by mail or by phone.
Corporate Giving: From volunteering as an Exercise Instructor, sponsoring a volunteer recruitment or training event, or lending us your expertise, you can help make a difference.
Planned Giving: When you leave a legacy you can ensure others have access to gentle exercise, nutrition to keep them strong, or you can contribute to CSC’s services in perpetuity. We would be honoured to work with you to ensure your vision is realized.
Give the Gift of Time: We offer a variety of volunteer positions including Exercise Instructors who lead free group gentle exercise classes at various community locations, or one on one sessions in a client’s home to help maintain their mobility and independence. Training is provided and hours are flexible. Apply online.